The Stones in 2014/ Associated Press photo

The Stones in 2014/ Associated Press photo


The Rolling Stones are coming. We suspect you’ve heard the rumors by now. Expect an announcement of an outdoor-oriented tour on Thursday morning.

Look for the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium to be in the itinerary. Rumors suggest June 3, according to a source close to the Stones, but a U of M football source heard possibly May 30. After all, Gophers football coach Jerry Kill has several clinics scheduled, starting June 6. (His football team doesn't start practices until August.)

A stadium show typically requires anywhere from five to 10 days – depending on the complexity of the staging (see U2, thank you very much) – for set up and teardown.

Rumors say that the Stones, who don’t have a new album, might perform the 1971 “Sticky Fingers” album in its entirety. But Stones guitarist Ron Wood told a friend that it depends on how rehearsals go.

The tour is expected to start May 24 in San Diego. Atlanta, Columbus, Indianapolis, Detroit and Milwaukee are rumored to be among the stops.

The Stones last performed in the Twin Cities in 2005 at Xcel Energy Center. They last toured in 2014 in New Zealand, Australia, Asia in Europe.  In 2013, their 50th anniversary tour included 23 shows in North America.